Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia
A distinguishing feature of recent urbanization in the ASEAN countries of Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia is the outward extension of their mega-cities (Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur) beyond the metropolitan borders, resulting in the establishment of new towns, industrial estates, and housing projects in previously rural areas. This process has both positive and negative effects. On one side, household incomes and employment opportunities are increasing, but on the other, the growth often causes serious problems in terms of environmental deterioration, conflicting land uses, and inadequate housing and service provisions.
Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive work on the subject of ASEAN mega-urban regions. The contributors review T.G. McGee's original idea of desakota zones, and offer arguments both for and against this concept, making a significant contribution to our understanding of the true face of ASEAN cities. The book brings together authors from around the world and will be of interest to a wide audience, including demographers, urban planners, geographers, sociologists, economists, civil servants and development consultants.
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Maps The ASEAN states / 2 Emerging spatial network of development, Pacific Asia / 54 Regional networks in Thailand, 1990-2010. Based on Douglass (1 991 a) / 62 National spatial planning framework, Thailand, 1987-91.
... Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 1993b). (4) If people living in mega-urban regions are to experience improved well-being, urban public-sector officials need considerably more financial resources.
Health priorities need to be reordered according to what the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) calls the new Asian health issues. Health problems in ASEAN mega-urban regions are no longer ...
... accounted for 74 per cent of all longterm private-sector capital in-flows for more than ninety developing countries, a select number of countries located along the Asian arc of the Pacific Rim have been their principal recipients.
A second tier of cities, which along the Asian arc of the Pacific Rim is composed principally of the capital cities of market-oriented economies, acts in an intermediary capacity, administering the decisions taken in world cities and ...